Based on a Masonic tradition, the ceremony at the site of the private hospital was attended by Masons and Shriners from around North America.
The facility will be three times the size of the current Shriner's hospital in Montreal and will provide cutting-edge treatments for various orthopaedic conditions
The hospital in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce should be completed by 2015 and will be able to handle 25,000 clinical visits a year, up from 16,000 at the old site.
“We have more ORs, we will have direct connection to the Montreal's Children’s [Hosptial], so complicated operations can be performed and we have an ICU right next at the Montreal Children's,” said Paul Frank, chairman of the board of governors for Canada's Shriners hospital.
Jennifer Brown's son, Carter, was born with a rare bone disease, and received cutting-edge treatment at the hospital in Montreal, paid for by the Shriners.
“We were told that he would never walk, he would never sit up on his own, and they would simply cast him whenever he fractured, so there was no treatment out there at all,” said Brown.
Now Carter can walk, run, jump, and even managed to raise $5,000 for the future children’s hospital.
“They kind of changed my life,” said Carter.